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Roads - speed limits
In its role as highway authority the County Council is empowered under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to make Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to limit vehicle speeds. The procedures for making TROs are laid down by the Secretary of State and must be observed by the Order-making authority. The procedures require the authority to consult on the proposed TRO and then publish notices on site and in the local press detailing the proposal and inviting any objections. Any objections that are received and cannot be resolved must be reported to the relevant County Council Area Committee for consideration.
All roads are subject to a maximum speed limit unless a lower local limit applies. The national limits are as follows:
A restricted road is a road with a system of street lighting consisting of lamps placed not more than 183m apart.
Local speed limits can be set at 20 mph, 40 mph or 50 mph. When deciding upon the most appropriate speed limit for a road the County Council must consider a number of factors including those listed below:
Enforcement of speed limits in North Yorkshire is the responsibility of North Yorkshire Police.